January 1st, 2020. It’s Day 1 of not just a new year, but a new decade. For me, it’s not just a brand new year nor decade, but a brand new life.
Hey, K-entertainment friends. Remember the time when I used to say pigs will fly before any of our Korean oppas will visit the Philippines?
Such statement regularly appears on my Facebook Memories feed every year. And I could only chuckle whenever it does. I mean, take a look at this:
This is just the list of upcoming events of Korean artists in the Philippines from the last week of September 2019 up to February 2020. This does not include the many concerts and fanmeetings that were staged since the beginning of 2019 and those that got postponed or cancelled. And there were many. In fact, too many.
I’ve been out of the loop when it comes to Korean entertainment, but could anyone please tell me: since when did the Philippines become Japan?
Personally, I’m just glad that, except for Seventeen who’s staging the Manila leg of their Ode To You World Tour next year, there’s no one in that list that I absolutely would die if I don’t see them in person. The closest one would be Park Hae Jin, and I’ve already met him twice before. If I’m still super-crazy about Koreans and is into multi-fandoms like most Pinoy fans of Korean entertainers are, I’d probably be banging my head against the wall right now.
I really wonder, though. Is the Philippines really a lucrative country when it comes to concerts and fanmeetings now? The way I see it, it’s hit and miss. Acts like EXO, BTS, Seventeen and Blackpink, and actors like Park Bo Gum, Park Seo Joon and Lee Jong Suk may be surefire hits, but what about the others? The fact that quite a number of events either had a disappointing audience turn-out, or had to be postponed/cancelled, may be a good indicator of what the PH market really is all about.
Truthfully, I’m just worried that an incident similar to the defunct MBLAQ PH fanmeet (anyone still remember that?) would happen again and PH Kpop fans will be majorly screwed once more. Always be vigilant, guys and gals!
You know what really bugs me right now?
I’ve been waiting for U2 to stage a concert in the Philippines since I was in high school. They finally will land in my country, and will stage a concert at Philippine Arena which is practically just next door from home, and I can’t make it because the concert date is the last day of my much-needed vacation in Japan.
End note: I’m writing this with a smile on my face. It feels great to be writing again. Now if I can find more interesting stuff to write about…
Here’s something I used to do a lot but I haven’t been doing lately: a totally random K-pop post.
I’ve written before that my current K-pop bias is the group SEVENTEEN. (I wrote a short background of how I got into the group at my SEVENTEEN Ideal Cut in Manila Aftermath report.) The group has just released their latest single, HIT, and it was AWESOME. I mean, I am not a fan of EDM but for some reason, this song just caught me hook, line and sinker. I feel like clubbing after this. Mind you, I hate clubbing.
I’ve also been spending time watching reaction videos to this MV and they all had one thing in common: after the video, they just sat there dumbfounded and out of words to say.
It suddenly it hit me: there’s a recent thing which had the same effect on me and practically everyone who saw it.
That recent thing? The movie Hello, Love, Goodbye.
I distinctly remember the premiere night, how everyone just sat through the end credits as if it’s a Marvel movie, waiting for what will happen next. We strutted out of the cinema with eyes glazed, asking ourselves and each other what the heck did we just experience. It’s simply mind-blowing. We were all dumbfounded, we just found ourselves grasping for tickets to the next screening. And the next. And the next.
Fortunately for SEVENTEEN’s Hit, all I have to do is to hit ‘reload’ to see it again. And again. And again.
This is me using my blog for something that I used to do a lot in the past: ranting and unloading my feelings. If you’re into sunshines and daffodils and all that, skip this entry.
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Random Thoughts on the full trailer of the Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo movie, Hello, Love, Goodbye:
1. My train of thoughts is still incoherent even a couple of hours after my initial viewing of the trailer. I casually waited for it during FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano; a sort of sacrifice on my part because the drama series that I religiously watch on primetime is now airing on that same time slot and I had to give it up for tonight. Siyempre, si Alden ang priority. I tuned in at around 8:20pm because they said the trailer was scheduled to be launched at 8:30pm. FPJAP went into commercial at around 8:25 and BOOM! The HLG trailer just came out. I just stared at the TV. Then another BOOM! Alden Richards was shirtless in a scene. HOMAYGAD. Then I just stared and stared at the TV and after it ended, I just sat there, asking myself what just happened. I felt a lump on my throat and my eyes started tearing up. I initially chalked it up to that last scene of Kathryn and Alden where she said, “kung mahal mo ako, bakit pinapapili mo ako?” Her delivery of that line just pierced me through my entire being.
Then I realized, no. It’s not that. It’s because, finally, after all this time that I’ve been out of the loop because of… reasons, it all sunk in. Alden Richards is in a Star Cinema movie. With Kathryn Bernardo. Under the team of writer Carmi Raymundo and director Cathy Garcia-Molina. It’s not just a major film project, it’s a DAMN GOOD major film project.
I’ve been heavily criticized – nay, bashed – by the loveteam fandom for always saying that I want to see Alden in a project where more people, especially those who didn’t know him prior to AlDub, can see his true worth as an Actor. This is it. We waited three, four years for this.
I’m feeling so emotional that viewing it three times is enough. I can’t replay any further because my heart can’t take it anymore.
Funny, though, that I’m feeling this way towards just the TRAILER. I wonder what I’ll do when I watch the actual movie? Should I bring a towel because tissues won’t be enough?
2. The one thing I love about Star Cinema is this: they sure know how to create HYPE for their movies.
First off, they released teasers of the teaser. It certainly peaked our curiosity. Then the one-minute teaser came out, and we all got shookt at the iconic exchange:
Ethan (Alden): “Baka nagugutom ka na?”
Joy (Kathryn): “I love you.”
Ethan: *nods and did not say anything*
The Hugot Generation took notice. All sorts of memes and reaction videos came out. On top of it all, people noticed the electrifying onscreen chemistry. It was such a shock because, when the movie had its first story conference, Alden and Kath were still in their awkward stage and the chemistry wasn’t evident yet. People had doubts. Then the teaser came out, and we’re like, WOW. Where did that come from? People started realizing that this is a team-up that we never knew we wanted.
Just when you thought you know everything about the movie from just seeing the teaser, out came the full trailer. And everything you thought you knew about the movie from the teaser just got thrown out of the window.
Well played, Star Cinema. Well played.
3. Of course, since this is a Star Cinema movie, you can count on it having at least one iconic line that will surely make a mark with the audience.
With this trailer alone, I counted… I dunno. So many.
That “I love you – I don’t love you” exchange will surely generate a number of memes. But I think the one that truly made a mark is the last scene. You know how dramatic we Filipinos can get. The lines by itself pierced through the heart. All the more because Alden and Kathryn delivered it with so much pain.
Side note: I just love it that, on this trailer, not a single voice was raised even in confrontation scenes. It’s such a refreshing change from the traditional sigawan-sampalan-sabunutan fare that we usually get from Filipino TV shows and movies. Just eye-acting is enough. This is Alden’s expertise, and I am truly grateful that the general public is finally seeing it.
4. Aside from Hello, Love, Goodbye being a good movie with great actors and a formidable production team, I believe that this movie is a must-watch for this reason: For the first time, the two rival networks ABS CBN and GMA are working together to give us this movie. While this is mainly a Kapamilya project and this is not the first time that GMA loaned one of their top artists to their rival, I think this is the first time that both networks banded together to promote the same movie. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Alden is the first GMA Artist Center talent to work at Star Cinema? The others (Dingdong, Marian, Jennylyn, etc) are Kapuso artists but are not managed by GMAAC.
If you’re one of those who, like me, are sick and tired of this stupid network war, you should support this movie.